Saturday, March 7, 2009

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia

Say, where did the rest of this bridge go?

Underground, of course.

For those wanting to get from Norfolk to the Eastern Shore of Virgina as well as Maryland and Delaware, the Bridge-Tunnel is definitely the way to go. It goes 20 miles across the Chesapeake. Most of it is above the water surface. Then, it goes underground a couple of times for a mile each to allow ships, etc., to easily go from one side of the road to another.

Above is a picture of the point where the road first goes under water. Be sure to stop at the gift shop for some food, drink and souvenirs. It's a nice place to stop on a sunny day.

The structure opened in 1964 and was instantly acclaimed as an engineering marvel. A twin was completed in 1999.

Sure beats driving through Washington D.C. on the way to Philadelphia.

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